Monday, November 06, 2006

Tenchi Muyo

Okay, so I finally watched volume two of the third Tenchi Muyo OVA series. My thoughts?

That sucked.

Tenchi Muyo is one of my favorite anime series, if not my absolute favorite anime series. The OVAs were some of the most awesome animation I've ever seen wonderfuly mixing bad ass action, romance, drama and intrigue.

Does OVA series three do that?

Well, it certainly has some intrigue and a little romance but action and drama were pretty nonexistent. Episode of the series is good if loaded to heavily with flashbacks. Fifteen minutes of flashbacks to be exact. Okay, that aside it's actually okay and the way it ends is killer. Episode two picks up at the next moment and things go fairly well. There's a lot of set-up and exposition but it's early yet. Then it's nothing but slice of life the entire time. Don't get me wrong, I loved the episodes in the first two series detailing life around the Masaki household but that wasn't the only appeal. The love triangle...octagon actually...made for great comedy. The action was pretty damn good. I mean I've seen better action but it was never that gratuitous in this show.

Tenchi series three has virtually no funny, no real action and the romance is nowhere to be found! Then there are these various plot details that don't go anywhere. To be sure, the last episode in volume three (also known as series 3+1) hasn't shipped yet so I don't know how these details are resolved. However, it's a single 45 minute episode. Any possible resolution will only come off as forced and be quickly brushed aside. How are they gonna deal with Noike's betrayal? The secret behind the death of Tenchi's mother? Hell, his newly arrived sister just disappeared after episode two. Is she gonna appear at all? And what about the fact that she's an 80 years old alien but calls Nobuyuki "dad?" Just how old is Nobuyuki anyway?

Too many damn questions that need answering. This wouldn't be so bad if they actually made Tenchi series faster then once every seven years.

Damn, this new Tenchi series just left a bad taste in my mouth. Unless...UNLESS...the third volume just absolutely knocks one out of the ballpark then this series is gonna go down as the biggest letdown of the year.


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